The Giraffes (Brooklyn band)

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The Giraffes
Origin Brooklyn, New York
Genres Hard rock, surf rock, punk rock
Years active 1996–present
Labels Apesauce Records
Razor & Tie
Crustacean Records
Members Damien Paris
Jens Carstensen
Andrew Totolos
Past members Aaron Lazar
John Rosenthal
Tim Kent

The Giraffes is a Brooklyn-based hard rock band formed in 1996. The group's current lineup features guitarist Damien Paris, drummer Andrew Totolos, and bassist Jens Carstensen.

Drummer Andrew Totolos is the host of the DIY Network's Sport Compact customization show "Tricked Out" and lends his voice to many TV commercials.

Damien Paris is a screenwriter and filmmaker of subversive/horror cinema. His short film "Sophie Gets Ahead" premiered at the 2011 Fantasia Film Festival.

For some time, the band was managed by rock impresario Calvin Cherry, whose relationship with the band ended after his extradition to Greece on fraud charges.

The Giraffes have toured alongside Eagles of Death Metal as well as The Vacation, Skeleton Key, Local H, The Means and others.

In July 2010, their song "Done" off of the album Prime Motivator was released by Ozone Entertainment as downloadable content on the Rock Band Network.[1]

A show at Mercury Lounge on February 5, 2011 was billed as the last with Aaron Lazar as lead singer. At the beginning of the band's two-hour set, Lazar declared, "If we don't make it big by the end of this show, I'm fucking quitting."[2][3]


The Giraffes was formed in 1996 by guitarist Damien Paris, drummer Andrew Totolos and bassist Tim Kent .[4] Singer Aaron Lazar joined in 2000. Kent was replaced in 2002 by John Rosenthal. Rosenthal was then replaced by current bassist Jens Carstensen in 2008.

From 2002 to 2003, the Giraffes recorded two self-produced albums, Helping You Help Yourself and A Gentleman Never Tells. They recorded the albums in their home studio in Brooklyn, which was conveniently located under a Hasidic dry cleaner. In 2002, Damien Paris was shot in the leg by an off duty fire marshal at a White Castle in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

In 2004, they signed to Razor & Tie and released their self-titled label debut the following year, where they were produced, mixed and recorded by Joel Hamilton.

In early 2005, Aaron Lazar suffered two heart attacks. The first occurred while driving over the Manhattan Bridge with his girlfriend. After being rushed to the hospital, he was outfitted with an implanted defibrillator, which allegedly he is in six figures of debt for. The second attack occurred three months later during a live show.[5] He is now doing fine and continuing to perform in top form, not letting the attacks slow him down.

After finishing up with Razor & Tie, The Giraffes signed with Crustacean Records. In 2008, the band released the album Prime Motivator with the label. In 2010, they released a live concert film Show as a Deluxe DVD+CD.[6] A second album, Ruled, was released on May 10, 2011.[7]

Live performances[edit]

The Giraffes are known for rowdy live performances. Their shows usually involve heavy alcohol consumption and the audience throwing objects, such as ice or bottles, at the band members. The band embraces this and retaliates by throwing the objects back at them while continuing to play.

In 2009, the band performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

In 2010, a DVD+CD Show was released by Crustacean Records showcasing one of the band's performances in their hometown of Brooklyn, New York.

Band members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Video albums[edit]

  • Show (2010) Crustacean Records

Official bootlegs[edit]


  1. ^ "Done" - The Giraffes // Rock Band. Accessed August 8, 2010.
  2. ^ The Giraffes: February 5, 2011 Mercury Lounge – FLAC/MP3/Streaming Samples. Accessed February 14, 2011.
  3. ^ The Giraffes Live at Mercury Lounge on February 5, 2011. Accessed April 30, 2013.
  4. ^ The Giraffes bio. Accessed August 8, 2010.
  5. ^ The Grateful Near-Dead. Accessed August 8, 2010.
  6. ^ The Giraffes // Show DVD+CD. Accessed August 8, 2010.
  7. ^ The Giraffes // Ruled. Accessed May 10, 2011.

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